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Brew Bus Brewing expanding to Pasco County

Tampa-based Brew Bus Brewing plans to expand to Pasco County with an $8.7 million microbrewery, beer garden, restaurant and event space on State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel.  (Times file photo)
Tampa-based Brew Bus Brewing plans to expand to Pasco County with an $8.7 million microbrewery, beer garden, restaurant and event space on State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel. (Times file photo)
Published Jun. 3, 2019

WESLEY CHAPEL — Joe Redner's Brew Bus Brewing has paid $3.9 million for a 34,000-square-foot former athletic club on State Road 56 in Pasco County, according to property records, with plans to open a craft beer microbrewery, beer garden, restaurant and event space.

Brew Bus, which also is the company behind the Florida Avenue Brewing Co., said in a news release it plans to invest more than $8.7 million in the business and create 46 jobs, with plans to open by this time next year.

The site at 2029 Arrowgrass Drive had been the Sports + Field Family Athletic & Fitness Club until it closed in 2015. Since then, the property has been considered as a possible site for a car dealership and a charter school. It had been listed for sale with a price of $4.2 million.

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"It's great to reactivate a dormant property with high-paying manufacturing jobs in a unique industry," Pasco Economic Development Council president and chief executive officer Bill Cronin said in an announcement Monday. "A win for the whole community."

Pasco County Commission vice chairman Mike Moore said in a statement that "breweries are a huge part of the tourism market."

Redner, whose Tampa ventures range from strip clubs to real estate investment to politics to advocating for medical marijuana, founded Brew Bus in 2011 with Toni Derby and her son Anthony Derby. The company brews 8,000 barrels of beer a year at its 15,000-square-foot home in Seminole Heights and offers bus tours of Tampa's craft beer scene.

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